Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
31-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Clippers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The veteran big man showed few signs of slowing down in his 11th NBA season, producing numbers that looked quite similar to those he recorded in the Raptors' championship campaign the year prior. While Ibaka started in slightly less than half of his 55 games, his minutes dipped negligibly from 27.2 per game in 2018-19 to 27.0 last season. He increased his points per game from 15.0 to 15.4, setting a new career high. After shooting a disappointing 29.0 percent from behind the arc the previous year, he bounced back with a 38.5 percent three-point mark while upping his attempts per game from 2.3 to 3.3. The primary negative was his 0.8 average blocks, which were well below his previous career low of 1.3. While the decline of that rare commodity hurts fantasy players, Ibaka could bounce back given that he's far from over the hill at age 31. Regardless, he'll remain a useful fantasy commodity at the thin center position and should continue seeing minutes in the upper-20s with the Clippers. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $18.98 million contract with the Clippers in November of 2020. Contract includes $9.74 million player option for 2021-22.
Personal Bio

Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila was born in Brazzaville, Congo in 1989. Both his parents played basketball for the Congolese National Team and his brother Igor played collegiate basketball at Oklahoma State University and Midwestern State University. Ibaka, the third youngest of 18 children, grew up playing during the Civil War in Congo, and used basketball as an outlet to express himself and find new opportunities. He moved to Spain in 2007 to develop and play for second division club CB L'Hospitalet. There, he played 28 games before his entering the NBA Draft, averaging 11.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the club. Away from basketball, "Air Congo" participates in a number of charity activities which are designed to reinvigorate his homeland, the Congo region. He is a UNICEF Ambassador in the Congo, and has developed projects to renovate two local orphanages, placing an emphasis on health and educational opportunities. He established the Serge Ibaka Foundation, which has provided hearing aids to children in Brazzaville among other acts of giving. In recognition of his service, Ibaka was awarded the NBA Kia Community Assist Award in 2014. Ibaka has also participated in WildAid's "No Hype" campaign, which raised awareness about the problems of the ivory trade and poaching. You can follow Serge Ibaka on Twitter and Instagram @Sergeibaka.

College/International Summary

Serge Ibaka began playing organized basketball for Avenir du Rail in the Republic of Congo. He then spent one season in 2007-08 playing for C.B. L'Hospitalet, a professional basketball team based in Spain which plies its trade in the LEB Plata League -- the country's second-tier league; he appeared in 28 games for Hospitalet, averaging 10.8 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the field. He entered the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected by the Seattle Supersonics with the 24th pick, but he spent the 2008-09 season in Europe playing for Liga ACB's Baxi Manresa. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 16 minutes per game for them. The Thunder -- the franchise created after the Supersonics moved away from Seattle -- paid the buyout and he made his NBA debut in the 2009-10 season.

Signing with Clippers
CLos Angeles Clippers
November 21, 2020
Ibaka agreed to a two-year contract with the Clippers on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the total value of the deal is $19 million as the 31-year-old will be joining Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in Los Angeles. Ibaka started 27 of 55 games for the Raptors last season and averaged 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 27.0 minutes while shooting 38.5 percent on three-point attempts.
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2019

Ibaka delivered an impressive age-30 campaign for Toronto in the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season. Although he started just 27 times in his 55 appearances, he played almost the same complement of minutes as in his past two full seasons with the Raptors. In the process, Ibaka scored a career-high 15.4 points per game, adding 8.2 rebounds -- a seven-year high. Ibaka delivered 16 efforts of 20-plus points, maxing out with 30 in a tight win over the Pacers on Feb. 5. He recorded double-digit boards on 21 occasions, which was good for 20 double-doubles. On Feb. 23, Ibaka netted 15 points along with a season-high 15 boards and a block. A two-time block champion, Ibaka recorded multiple swats on 14 occasions. On Nov. 2 against Milwaukee, he blocked a season-high four shots across 22 minutes on the court. The Congo native excelled off the bench during Toronto's 11-game playoff run, averaging 14.8 points along with 7.7 boards and 1.3 blocks over 22.9 minutes per game. In the deciding Game 4 of the first round against Brooklyn, Ibaka went off for 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting, 15 rebounds and two blocks -- all in less than 20 minutes on the court.

2018

Ibaka got off to a solid start in his second full season with Toronto. He averaged 16.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 28.8 minutes of action over the course of the club's first 52 games. The Raptors' addition of fellow center Marc Gasol at the trade deadline relegated Ibaka to a bench role. However, the change also allowed head coach Nick Nurse to use Ibaka more judiciously down the stretch. While Ibaka's minutes per game (23.3) dropped a bit over the course of his final 22 regular-season games, his per-game production remained as strong as ever. During that stretch, Ibaka averaged 12.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest. Overall, Ibaka's 52.9 percent field-goal mark was his highest since he shot 53.6 percent for Oklahoma City in 2013-14. The 29-year-old finished the season on a strong note by averaging 16.7 points per game over the course of the final three games of the NBA Finals. His strong play helped Toronto to win its first NBA Championship. Ibaka's ability to thrive both as a starter and as a reserve makes him one of the NBA's more valuable center options.

2017

Ibaka made use of his first full season in Toronto, helping the Raptors win a whopping 60 games. Flanked by stars such as DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry, Ibaka averaged 12.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 76 games, all starts. Ibaka's first double double of the season came on Dec. 13 against Phoenix, a 21-point, 13-rebound show of dominance which helped the Raps win by six points. He did it again on Dec. 26, where he recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds against the Mavericks. Toronto again made it to the second round of the NBA Playoffs, falling in four games to Cleveland. Ibaka's best performance in the postseason came in its first game, when he scored 23 points and 12 rebounds, helping Toronto take Washington down by eight points.

2016

After seven years spent as a signature member of the Thunder lineup, including thrilling playoff runs and an NBA Finals appearance, Ibaka was traded to the Magic in a deal that sent Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova to the Thunder. Ibaka quickly endeared himself to the fans in Orlando, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds in his team debut against Miami. Perhaps Ibaka's best game in his short stint with Orlando came in his return to Oklahoma City, when he scored 31 points and grabbed nine boards in a winning effort. Ibaka was again traded at the deadline, shipped to Toronto in exchange for Terrence Ross and a first-round pick. He immediately made a name for himself up north, scoring 22 points and bringing down 13 rebounds in a March 1 game against Washington, his fourth as a Raptor. That season, Ibaka started in all 10 of Toronto's playoff games, averaging just over 14 points and 6.5 rebounds before the team fell to Cleveland in Round 2.

2015

Ibaka returned from injury with a vengeance in 2015-16 as the Thunder made it back to the NBA playoffs and all the way to the Western Conference Finals. That year, he recorded nine double doubles, the first coming just four games into the season after scoring 12 points and adding 14 rebounds in a five-point loss to the Houston Rockets. He did it again on Nov. 15 against Boston, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Ibaka was dominant in a Dec. 10 win over Atlanta, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with two blocks. In Oklahoma City's first year under new coach Billy Donovan, the Thunder reached new heights, winning 55 games and coming within one game of the NBA Finals. Ibaka was instrumental in the playoffs, averaging 12.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in 18 games, all starts.

2014

Ibaka was once again a driving post presence in his sixth NBA season with the Thunder. He continued on his upward career trajectory in 2014-15, averaging over 14.3 points per game for Oklahoma City and starting the season's first 64 games. On Nov. 4, Ibaka put together the first of his 17 double doubles that season with a 25-point, 11-rebound showing against Toronto. He was even better on Nov. 19 against Denver, chipping in with 22 points and 13 assists in a close Thunder loss. On Jan. 16, Ibaka's 27 points and eight rebounds were key to a massive Thunder win over Western Conference foe Golden State. He hit another milestone Feb. 19 against Dallas, posting a career-high 22 rebounds. While on pace for one of his best years to date, adversity hit. Ibaka missed the last 18 games of the season after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery to address lingering soreness. The Thunder posted a 10-8 record over that stretch without Ibaka, and narrowly missed the postseason.

2013

Ibaka followed up on his breakout season with an even better one in 2013-14, averaging 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for the Thunder, both career highs. He compiled 29 double doubles, the first of which coming in a Nov. 6 matchup against Dallas in which Ibaka scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He was sensational on Nov. 10 against Washington, scoring 25 points and accounting for 12 rebounds. On April 4 against Houston, Ibaka scored a season-high 27 points while adding nine rebounds and six blocks. Ibaka was dominant in the playoffs, helping Oklahoma City all the way to a Western Conference Finals appearance against the San Antonio Spurs, which the Thunder lost in six games. Backtracking to the semifinals, Ibaka's 20 points and six rebounds were essential to his team's victory against the Chris Paul-led Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3. Oklahoma City would take the series three games later. It was a valiant postseason effort when it was all said and done, as Ibaka appeared in 17 of a possible 19 games, averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds.

2012

Ibaka enjoyed something of a breakout season in 2012-13, averaging double digits in points for the first time in his career. Flanked by superstars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, Ibaka helped lead the Thunder to a 60-22 record and a second-round appearance against the Memphis Grizzlies. Ibaka came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, scoring 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds in just his sixth game of the season. On Nov. 21 against the Los Angeles Clippers, Ibaka recorded his first double-double of the season, a 15-point, 12-rebound display of dominance that helped Oklahoma City win by six points. In a Dec. 17 victory over San Antonio, Ibaka put together a 25-point, 17-rebound night for the ages -- adding a trio of blocks for good measure. He excelled in the playoffs as well, averaging 12.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game against stacked Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies teams.

2011

The 2011-12 season was Ibaka's third year in The Association and with the Thunder. It's also the season in which Ibaka became an established NBA starter, starting in all 66 games in which he appeared during the lockout-shortened season and averaging a considerable 27.2 minutes per contest. For the second season in a row, the seven-footer led the NBA in total blocks (241). For the year, Ibaka averaged 9.1 points, 7.5 boards and an NBA-leading 3.7 blocks per game. He also shot an impressive 53.5 percent from the field, nicely complementing team stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. On Jan. 27, Ibaka scored a season-high 20 points, and grabbed a dozen boards, during a win at Golden State. On Feb. 19, the third-year vet posted his first career triple-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds and an astounding 11 blocks during a home win over the Nuggets. On Mar. 7, during a home win over Phoenix, Ibaka delivered a career-high 20 rebounds, plus 18 points and three blocks. For the season, Ibaka had 12 double-doubles. The Thunder finished 47-19 and defeated the Mavericks, Lakers and Spurs on their way to the 2012 NBA Finals versus the Miami Heat. Ibaka started all 20 postseason games for the Thunder, producing 9.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per postseason contest. Ibaka's Thunder lost the NBA Finals in five games to the Heat.

2010

Ibaka entered the 2010-11 in a fierce fight with Jeff Green to own the starting power forward position for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Green started at power forward for OKC's first five games, but Ibaka saw big minutes off the bench, supporting both the power forward and center spots. On Nov. 7, an ankle injury to Green inserted Ibaka into the starting spot at the four versus Boston. Ibaka would post eight points and 11 boards and go on to start in 18 of the Thunder's next 25 games. Over that spell, he averaged 9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Ibaka would return to the bench from Christmas Day through Feb. 23, but still averaged 25.5 minutes and 1.8 blocks per game over that time period. On Feb. 24, the Thunder traded Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a first-round pick to Boston for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. This opened up the starting power forward spot for Ibaka, who started OKC's last 26 games of the regular season. Over those 26 games, Ibaka posted per game averages of 11.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocks while shooting 51.1 percent from the field. The Thunder finished the season at 55-27 and defeated the Nuggets and Grizzlies on their way to the Western Conference Finals versus the Mavericks. Ibaka started all 17 postseason games for the Thunder. Arguably his best playoff game was Game 3 versus Denver in the first round when Ibaka posted 22 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in the win. Despite Ibaka's efforts, OKC lost the Western Conference Finals in five games to the Mavs. He averaged 9.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game during that postseason run.

2009

Ibaka was drafted in the first round (24th pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. He choose to play the 2008-09 season in the Spanish Liga ACB for Manresa, however, where Ibaka averaged 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. During that time, the Sonics moved to OKC and became the Thunder. Ibaka joined the Thunder for the 2009-10 season, appeared in 73 games (no starts) as a rookie and averaged 18.1 minutes per contest. The rangy power forward quickly became known for his shot-blocking ability, as he posted 6.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest. He made is NBA debut in the second game of the season with a very brief appearance on Oct. 30 during a win at Detroit. On Nov. 22, Ibaka registered his first career double-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks during a loss to the Lakers. Ibaka would go on to record four double-doubles during his rookie season. On Dec. 22, Ibaka grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds during a loss to the Lakers. On Mar. 3, Ibaka scored a career-high 15 points, plus 13 boards, during a loss at Denver. He would score 15 points two more times during the season. The high-flying big man had six games with four or more blocks. The Raptors finished 50-32 and lost to the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. Ibaka appeared in all six of Oklahoma City's postseason games and averaged 7.8 points, 6.5 boards and 2.0 blocks over 25.4 minutes per playoff contest.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2008
    Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft.
  • August 18, 2012
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Thunder
  • June 23, 2016
    Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Orlando Magic for Ersan Ilyasova, Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
  • February 14, 2017
    Traded by the Orlando Magic to the Toronto Raptors for Terrence Ross and a 2017 1st round draft pick (Anžejs Pasecniks was later selected). (2017 1st-Rd pick will be less favorable of TOR & LAC picks)
  • July 7, 2017
    Signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Raptors
  • November 22, 2020
    Signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
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After being a fixture in the Raptors' starting lineup for the first half of the 2018-19 regular season, Ibaka was forced to take on a role off the bench in the second half after the team acquired All-Star center Marc Gasol at the trade deadline. As a result, Ibaka started seeing six fewer minutes per game and his points per game average dropped from 16.0 to 12.3. He did, however, maintain strong rebounding numbers. In fact, increased his average from 8.0 per game to 8.5. While Ibaka still boasts a solid mid-range game, he shot under 30 percent from behind the arc for the first time in his career, which was likely a big factor in the team going after Gasol. But with Kawhi Leonard leaving over the summer, there may be more opportunities for Ibaka. Leonard's absence shorts the Raptors 34.0 minutes at forward, as well as 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The loss of Danny Green also opens up extra wing minutes, and it's possible coach Nick Nurse ends up sliding Pascal Siakam to small forward, allowing Ibaka to reclaim a starting role in the frontcourt next to Gasol. That's a best-case, but realistic, scenario. When both Green and Leonard were off the court last season, Ibaka collected an additional 7.9 fantasy points per 36 minutes, which is a meaningful increase. If he can pair that with a starting role, a better fantasy season might be in the cards.
The 2017-18 campaign was Ibaka's first full season in Toronto, but it was more of the same for the 28-year-old big man. He operated as the Raptors' third option offensively behind Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, putting up 10.3 field goal attempts and averaging 12.6 points per game. That was down from 12.4 and 14.8, respectively, which was in large part due to a slight reduction in his playing time. Ibaka was on the court just 27.6 minutes, representing an effort by coach Dwane Casey to keep his starters fresh, as he also did the same with Lowry and DeRozan. Despite the decrease in his workload, Ibaka was his typical self as a rim protector with 1.3 blocks per game, while he continued to space the floor with a 36 percent clip from behind the arc. Coach Casey was fired this offseason, but assistant coach Nick Nurse was promoted to take over his spot and there's a chance he opts for a similar approach in regards to starter's minutes considering the Raptors did finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference with the strategy. That said, the organization opted to make a big move this offseason, dealing DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl to the Spurs in exchange for superstar Kawhi Leonard and sharpshooter Danny Green. Leonard is one of the best two-way players in the game and should take over DeRozan's spot as the lead dog offensively without much issue. Leonard is actually quite a bit more efficient than DeRozan and has better play-making skills and more shooting range, which should draw defenses towards him and allow guys like Lowry and Ibaka to get more open looks. While there's been some rumblings that Ibaka could come off the bench behind OG Anunoby, that still shouldn't have much of an impact on his workload, especially considering Poeltl's departure means even more minutes for Ibaka at center. With all that said, Ibaka appears set for a similar role overall despite the significant roster changes, so consider his final numbers from the 2017-18 season as a good baseline for his projected value during the upcoming campaign.
After struggling to fit in with a rebuilding Magic organization, Ibaka was dealt to the Raptors at the trade deadline this past season and finally brought some stability to a power forward position that has lacked production over the last few years. Ibaka ended up taking part in 23 games with the Raptors following the trade, averaging 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.8 three-pointers across 31.0 minutes. He continued to demonstrate his ability to stretch the floor, shooting just under 40 percent from the three-point line, which provided more space for guys like Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to work with offensively. Ibaka's transition to Toronto was relatively flawless and his strong play netted him a three-year, $65 million pay day. Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Ibaka should be locked into a starter's role, seeing time at both the power forward and center positions. Look for him to once again act as a floor-stretching big that provides a shot-blocking presence on the defensive side of the ball, which should translate to a similar workload. The Raptors bring back nearly the exact same roster from a season ago, which further suggests Ibaka's production shouldn't see any drastic changes during his first full year with the Raptors.
The Magic made one of the splashiest moves during the 2016 NBA Draft, and it didn’t pertain to any player they selected. Instead, it was their acquisition of Ibaka that drew attention, with the team surrendering the Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and No. 11 overall pick Domantas Sabonis to the Thunder in order to acquire him. With Ibaka set to become a free agent next summer, he’ll now receive the opportunity to showcase himself to potential suitors in a featured offensive role for the first time in his career, after ranking a distant third in the pecking order for touches behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook throughout his career. It’s a welcome development for Ibaka, who saw his per-game averages in points (12.6), rebounds (6.8) and blocks (1.9) decline last season to their lowest levels since 2016-17. While he’s less certain to see a dramatic upgrade in the latter two categories with the move to Orlando, Ibaka should have ample opportunity to enhance his scoring without any teammate on the level of Durant and Westbrook around to dominate the possessions. The 6-foot-10 Ibaka will also give the Magic frontcourt a lift on the defensive end, with he, Bismack Biyombo and Aaron Gordon providing a fearsome trio for opponents to battle with at the rim. After two years in a row of declining fantasy value, it looks as though Ibaka is finally moving back up cheat sheets.
Ibaka averaged 14.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 0.9 assists, and 0.5 steals in 33 minutes per game through 64 games played last season. He missed the last month of the season after undergoing minor knee surgery to alleviate soreness. Ibaka has been hitting the occasional three-point shot for the last three seasons, but with Kevin Durant out for most of the season with a broken right foot, Ibaka fully committed to shooting three-pointers as an integral part of his game last season, canning a career-high 1.2 three-pointers on 3.2 attempts per game (38 percent). At 25 years old, it appears Ibaka has settled into producing stats that are great for fantasy. It's not often that a player can block shots and hit three-pointers, but Ibaka does it and does at a high level. As he continued to extend his range over the last several seasons, Ibaka's field goal percentage dropped from a peak of 57 percent two seasons ago to a valley of 48 percent last season. New coach Billy Donovan might utilize Ibaka in different ways, but it's hard to imagine the shot-blocking marksman would be asked to change his game much. Even though Durant is returning to the fold this season and will dominate the ball of offense in tandem with Russell Westbrook, that should only help Ibaka get more-open shots and potentially improve his field goal percentage. In addition to his good 48-percent shooting from the field last season, Ibaka also recorded a career-high 84 percent shooting at the free-throw line, though it was only on an anemic 1.7 free-throw attempts per game, limiting his impact there.
Ibaka, entering his sixth year in the league, set career highs in minutes (33 per game), points (15.1), and rebounds (8.8) last season. He also averaged 2.7 blocks per contest while shooting 54 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the line, which was another career best. The calf injury that hampered Ibaka in the 2013-14 playoffs has proven to be tough to recover from completely, so owners will want to monitor his health as we approach training camp. If he's at 100 percent, Ibaka will provide the fantasy goods as usual, as the 24-year-old's offensive game continues to improve each season, and his rebounding and shot-blocking ability are up there with the best in the NBA. As an ever-growing part of the Thunder's offense, Ibaka hoisted a career-high 12.1 field-goal attempts per game in 2013-14, up from 9.7 in 2012-13. He's also a terrific rim protector on the defensive end of the floor. The power forward is locked into a significant role with Oklahoma City, meaning his playing time should only increase if anything.
Ibaka had a spectacular season in his 2012-13 breakout campaign. The young forward averaged 13.2 points (57 percent from the field), 7.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while playing in 80 games in the 2012-13 season. While his blocks average fell from his previous season in which he blocked 3.7 shots per game, Ibaka's improvement in scoring, rebounding and percentages more than made up for it. Ibaka's lack of rebounds for the traditional power forward spot may be the only thing stopping him from becoming an elite fantasy contributor. His whopping 57 percent field goal percentage, topped with a 75 percent free throw rate (solid for a big man), in addition to solid scoring and a high block rate make him an invaluable asset in all formats. His minutes have slowly but steadily increased over the duration of his four-year career thus far, and seeing 30-plus minutes per game this coming season would not be a stretch for Ibaka, who is likely to continue to develop this season. He will head into the 2013-14 season at 24 years of age, with the brighter years of his career still ahead of him.
Ibaka’s game continued to develop in 2011-12 when the third-year forward averaged 9.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and a league-best 3.7 blocks per game. For the third straight season, Ibaka shot over 50 percent from the field, though his free-throw percentage took a hit back to 66 percent. He’s developed a pretty good jump shot, but is best when getting out in transition. The Thunder appreciated his work enough to sign him to a four-year contract extension this offseason. It says something that the franchise locked him up long-term, leaving little salary room to keep James Harden, who could command big dollars next summer when he becomes a restricted free agent. If they can’t keep Harden, or they eventually amnesty Kendrick Perkins (next season), a larger role for Ibaka will come. For now, the Thunder will settle for minor improvements--some low-post development and more accurate free-throw shooting are good places to start. For the blocks alone, Ibaka is worth a roster spot on fantasy teams.
Ibaka cemented himself as a worthy fantasy play in the early going last season with averages of 9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks prior to the All-Star break, but it wasn’t until Kendrick Perkins came to Oklahoma City that Ibaka truly blossomed. With Perkins in tow, Ibaka was able to slide over to his natural position of power forward. The move paid dividends, as Ibaka averaged 10.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks after the break. His low-post offensive attack remains raw, but Ibaka has shown the ability to hit a 10-15-foot jumper. His field-goal percentage (54.3) remained strong for the second consecutive season, and he showed great strides by improving his free-throw shooting from 63.0 to 75.0 percent. At just 22, Ibaka is nowhere near his prime, and he still hasn’t even seen the type of workload most starters receive. He’s already an extremely valuable fantasy piece thanks to his elite shot blocking ability, but there’s plenty more to like here. Don’t be surprised if Ibaka takes a huge leap in value this season.
The Thunder might have hit a home run when they took Ibaka with the 24th pick of the 2008 draft, as he really emerged over the second half of his rookie season last year (he even blocked seven shots in a playoff game versus the Lakers). His game is still raw, especially on the offensive end, but there's a chance he starts at center for the Thunder as soon as this season. All he has to do is beat out Nenad Kristic, which shouldn't be too difficult. Last season, his per-36 minutes stats looked like this: 12.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, so if he gets more playing time and a starting job, watch out.
Ibaka was a first-round pick in 2008, but spent last year playing professionally in Spain, averaging 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. He is still too raw to make much of an impact with the Thunder this year. Summer League reviews were mixed for the C/PF.
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Will play in Game 6
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Ibaka (ankle) will play in Wednesday's Game 6 and won't have a minutes restriction, Raptors radio voice Eric Smith reports.
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Tending to ankle injury
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September 8, 2020
Ibaka was wearing a walking boot Tuesday after twisting his left ankle Monday in the Raptors' 111-89 loss to the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series, Cassidy Hubbarth of ESPN reports.
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Blows up with big double-double
CToronto Raptors
August 23, 2020
Ibaka produced 27 points (12-14 FG, 3-3 3Pt), 15 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots across 20 minutes in Sunday's 150-122 win over the Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
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Dominates in limited action
CToronto Raptors
August 21, 2020
Ibaka recorded 20 points (8-12 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 22 minutes during Friday's 117-92 Game 3 win over the Nets.
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Not on report
CToronto Raptors
August 17, 2020
Ibaka is not on the injury report ahead of Monday's Game 1 against the Nets.
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